Posts Tagged ‘Police Surveillance’

Uncomfortable similarities to a police state

by Michael Meacher.

The latest revelation that the police have been trying to recruit informants about the political activities of university students produces an unpleasant and disturbing reaction that Britain is drifting into an authoritarian state where suppression of human rights and civil liberties is becoming commonplace. The Guardian reports that the police officer from a covert unit says […]

Hiding government’s sins and misdemeanours

by Michael Meacher.

The nature of the British state and the government’s contempt for personal freedom come to a head with new laws proposed for the Queen’s Speech next month. It was already known that the government intended to bring forward a law to allow the police and MI5/6, without a warrant, to access data from every phone […]

Our internet use is none of the state’s business

by David Osler.

Britain already has more CCTV cameras than anywhere else in the world, and a four million strong DNA database that contains details of thousands of UK residents who have committed no crime. Should the state be granted its apparent desire to have access to every single phone call made, every last text message and email […]

Who will police the police?

by Michael Meacher.

It’s not just the well-reported antics of Mark Kennedy that call in question the activities of undercover policing against political and protest groups. It’s the almost total lack of accountability about the clandestine operations of police spies over the last 40 years. The HMIC report on this episode draws attention to Kennedy’s failure to “follow […]

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